Category: Interview

  • A Conversation with Jensen McRae

    By Ethan Shanfeld Photo Courtesy of Jensen McRae In her new single, “The Plague,” Jensen McRae, a 22-year-old singer-songwriter, poet and screenwriter, croons, “Killed with no rules/We’re shot in church and elementary schools/With guns not even foreign soldiers keep.” Her rich, soothing voice complements the poised rebellion rooted in her socially and politically conscious lyrics. […]

  • Finding Waldo: An Interview with Waldo, an up-and-coming voice in the developing Grand Rapids hip-hop scene

    By Ben Moskow 18 Feb, 2020 Grand Rapids rapper Waldo exuded positivity as he greeted everyone in the Bottom Lounge upon entering. He daps up the rainbow-dreadlocked sound engineer and gives a shout to a guy setting up equipment onstage. With his round glasses and goofy grin, he almost resembles the book character himself. Underneath […]

  • Defining Radkey: A Conversation at Cobra Lounge

    By Olivia Yarvis Photos by Hannah So 15 Feb, 2020 Four words were all that were needed to introduce Dee, Solomon, and Isaiah Radke at their sold out show with Riot Fest Presents: “We’re Radkey. Dig it.”  Since their start in 2010, this literal band of brothers from St. Joseph, Missouri has redefined what it […]

  • Interview: How Bari Found Confidence in his Craft

    By Ben Moskow 8 Jan, 2020 Many may recognize St. Louis rapper Bari Allen from his affiliation with the Zero Fatigue record label, which includes Smino, Ravyn Lenae and Monte Booker. Bari’s feature on the bridge of Smino’s smash hit “Z4L,” a tribute to the collective, is far and away his most popular song, gaining […]

  • A Conversation with Briston Maroney at Schubas

    By Conor Metz Photos by Alex Chang 20 Nov, 2019 Briston Maroney’s show began with a technical difficulty and a kiss. After replacing his vocal microphone — which had cut out halfway through his first song of the night — “Caroline” (a tune off his most recent EP, Indiana, released this past May), Maroney thanked […]

  • A Conversation with Christian Lee Hutson

    By Ethan Shanfeld Photos by Devon Spungin 15 Nov, 2019 When Christian Lee Hutson, wearing a black sweater and moppy blond hair, sauntered on stage, he looked relatively unassuming. Until he started playing guitar. Opening for Julia Jacklin, Hutson delivered an acoustic set at the Gary and Laura Maurer Concert Hall at the Old Town […]

  • A Conversation with Billy Liar

    By Molly Lubbers 9 Nov, 2019 Scotland-based punk/folk artist Billy Liar performed at Beat Kitchen on Nov. 9. After the show was done and he finished up at his merch table, we talked about his new album, “Some Legacy,” and his experiences as a musician. Liar opened for Harley Poe; my review of the show […]

  • A Conversation with Derek Zanetti of The Homeless Gospel Choir

    By Molly Lubbers 9 Nov, 2019 Currently, (folk) punk band The Homeless Gospel Choir is touring with Harley Poe; the group played Beat Kitchen on Nov. 9. My review of that show can be found here. It was past midnight once everything was packed up for THGC; after he was done, frontman Derek Zanetti and […]

  • Conversation with Patrick Budde (aka Perfect Posture)

    By Finn Hewes Photos by Catie Moore 21 Oct, 2019 On October 21st, we sat down with Patrick Budde, a Chicago-based musician (who performs under the stage name of Perfect Posture), Northwestern alumni, and founder of Preserve Records at Bang Bang Pie Shop in Ravenswood. The following is an edited and condensed version of our […]

  • A Conversation with Black Metal Band Cloak

    By Isabelle Johnson 2 Nov, 2019 “You don’t need birth control—you’re in a black metal band.” One of the best moments with Atlanta-based four-piece Cloak comes not during my interview with them but directly afterwards. In a humorous moment backstage, the band’s touring drummer Matt Morris swallows an unidentifiable pill and jokes that he’s “taking […]